War, Inc. Reviews

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Craig Phillips
GreenCine
July 30, 2009
This absurdist political farce has its moments but requires a deft touch for satire ... perhaps no one could have made the uneven script work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 6, 2009
Sophisticated political satire, ridiculous farce, black humour, spoof, intellectual game playing and comic invention
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 29, 2008
It's as if the movie is stuck in a muddy middle, unable to go whole hog with its sending up of toxic Americana and unwilling to be serious about exploring how toxic it really is.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 18, 2008
What is supposed to be a sharp parody is so slow, we're always several steps ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
October 18, 2008
War, Inc. squanders some top-tier talent (Marisa Tomei, Sir Ben Kingsley) as well as our patience.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 18, 2008
Either too cartoonish, or not cartoonish enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 18, 2008
This John Cusack-driven exercise in scorched-earth political comedy is neither as dark nor as timely as intended, and certainly not as funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
Piercingly funny political satire with terrific cast is on view in this future-set story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 26, 2008
If there's one thing a comedy needs, it's a good exit strategy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
July 18, 2008
Despite flashes of comic inspiration and an abundance of anything-goes boldness, this well-intentioned but wobbly satire is a chaotic free-fire zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
July 14, 2008
Nice try, but this hallucinatory polemic never jells.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 6, 2008
Any hopes you might be holding out for a smart, sophisticated political satire will immediately be squashed at the sight of Dan Aykroyd on the toilet.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 3, 2008
Only occasionally hits the target.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
NPR.org
July 3, 2008
While its plot aligns War, Inc. with other, higher-profile action-thrillers, its political critique is more explicit and its ad campaign more oblique.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 29, 2008
...there's plenty of material ripe for savage satire out in the world right now, and while I approve of the targets War, Inc. took aim at, I can't say that it ever scored a direct hit.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 28, 2008
Cusack as a mercenary in bulltetproof designer suits and Hilary Duff doing a kinky Arab superstar sexpot shoving scorpions down her crotch, can't save this satire crossing the line between the chaos of war and the chaos of filmmaking.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 27, 2008
A film that confronts the absurdity and violence of modern warfare by taking it to the surreal and goofy next level.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
June 26, 2008
An Iraq satire being released past the point when discussing the occupation has become wearying and parodying it a slow-target yawn.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 26, 2008
For critics of the war with an appetite for red meat, War, Inc. will prove filling, if not quite completely nourishing.
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 17, 2008
Each earnest impulse blunts the edge of an already scattered satire and obscures the logic beneath it. And the laughs are buried in the same pile of disorderly conduct.
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